Which decking materials are eco-friendly?
Today, people are making the decision to make their homes and their lifestyles more eco-friendly.
Many building material manufacturers are being more “green” and homeowners get the added benefit of knowing they are using materials made of recycled plastics and wood that don’t require the chemicals to keep it safe and looking great.
For decking material to be “eco-friendly,” it must be produced in such a way that it does not have a negative impact on the environment.
Pressure-treated wood has been the most common decking material used in the past, but the process of making the wood “pressure- treated” is still a safety concern even with newer technologies such as micronized copper technology.
To make the material suitable for outdoor flooring use and resistant to bug infestation, pressure-treated wood is injected with chemicals. Wood treated with chemicals cannot be burned or recycled when its deck-life is complete.
Composite decking is made from polyethylene (i.e. milk jugs, shampoo bottles, grocery store bags and laundry detergent containers) combined with wood flour (i.e. scrap from window trim, doorframes, lumber, and cabinet pieces). Here at Fiberon, we use only locally sourced recycled materials, and at present, we have opened our own decking materials recycling facility.
The making of composite decking is virtually waste-free, and the product contains no toxic chemicals.
Thousands of tons of wood and plastics are diverted from landfills and incinerators each year in the composite deck manufacturing process.
Because of the use of pre- and post-consumer recycled materials, composite decks are considered a more environmentally- friendly product for deck building. They are also built to last and contribute to a lower carbon footprint.
Learn more about Fiberon’s environmentally friendly manufacturing process and the GREEN points that are contributed towards building certifications when building with Fiberon decking, railing and fencing products.